Look Taller, Slimmer and Curvier in the Anthropologie Pieced Column Dress by Bailey 44

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This has been a brutal winter in the war I’ve been waging against my natural tendency to dress like a 12-year-old skater boy. Some battles, I won. Others, well, I fell back, retreating into my old routine of jeans and t-shirts.


Still, I feel like I’ve made a little progress here and there…

After the dust settles, when all is said and done, I think I’ll look back at the day I came across the Pieced Column Dress by Bailey 44 ($178) on the Anthropologie website as the turning point in the war — the day I took a major step toward dressing like a 30-something-year-old woman with a quirky sense of style.

It was the reviews that made the difference. So positive, so encouraging. They convinced me that this war could actually be won. People were talking about how the dress made them look taller, slimmer, curvier and cuter. Basically, they made it sound like the fabric equivalent of a minor miracle, so of course I had to try it on.

I drove down to the closest Anthropologie store and tried on the dress in Neutral Motif (it’s also available in Navy).

I was careful not to get my hopes up too high, though, remembering that stripes usually make me look wider and shorter, but I’ll be a monkey’s uncle — I think it had the opposite effect.

Man, I really love this dress. πŸ™‚ Everything about it except the price (and the fact that it’s dry-clean only).

I feel like I look 10 pounds lighter and three inches taller when I have it on, which must have to do with the design, with its stripes that zigzag at different angles. They seem to slim the tummy and highlight curves at the same time.

The gal who was helping me said that she’d seen a whole bunch of women try the dress on, and it looked good on everyone, women of all different body shapes and sizes.

So cool. And it’s even comfortable. Very comfortable. It’s made from rayon and spandex, so it’s soft and stretchy like a pair of yoga pants for your whole body.

I usually dress it down with boots and a denim jacket, but I also like the way it looks jazzed up with heels and a black blazer.

If you decide to try it on, check the sleeves and seams. Just in case. I read a few reviews from people who said that the dress fell apart on them quickly.

And if you do bring it home, keep your receipt. Even if you do have any problems, Anthropologie has a pretty generous return policy.


Great dress, but I wish it was cheaper…and that I could just throw it in the wash.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Onward to Friday! — and hopefully another day of this unseasonably warm weather. It’s been kind of surreal. I think it hit 75 today and felt almost like summer.

P.P.S. What are you up to this weekend? Doing anything fun?


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  1. nekosan says:

    That is such a cute dress! And tabs looks ginormous. #grin#

  2. Carolyn says:

    somehow there is a way to make money offering Tabs services to make people look taller, thinner and curvier. it’s him- not the dress

  3. Lindsay says:

    I’m totally a jeans and T kind of girl. I like that you’re branching out!

  4. Katalin says:

    Love the dress! Looks great on you!! And your kitty is soooo big! My cat is half the size than your cat! :O

  5. Allegra says:

    Wow, I love this dress! You look great in it!

  6. gio says:

    That’s a beautiful dresses! Looks great on you!
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  7. Paris B says:

    This dress looks amazing on you! I like your fashion posts because they’re so different from reading those in fashion blogs. I also love that picture with you and Tabs – is he really that large? o_O
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    • Karen says:

      Hey Paris,

      I wish I could say that it was an optical trick on the eyes from the camera, but he really is that big! He’s a hefty 20 pounds of fur and love.

      What are you up to this weekend? Doing anything fun?

  8. Marina says:

    I am really loving the dress, you look beautiful!
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  9. Tavi says:

    you look gorgeous karen!

  10. peach_ says:

    You look great, Karen! πŸ˜€ The dress is really cute and sounds comfy. And gosh, Tabs is huge! <3

  11. Misha says:

    Karen, LOVE the dress on you! I’m inspired.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Misha,

      Thanks, hon! Who knew stripes could be so flattering? I sure didn’t. I hope you give it a try.

      How’s your Friday going?

      • Misha says:

        My Friday is going OK, despite fighting the flu. So I’msitting in bed reading your really old posts that I missed πŸ™‚ P.S. I think Tabs looks great. He’s living the life of bliss and leisure πŸ™‚

        • Karen says:

          The flu is never fun. I hope you feel better soon. Drink some hot tea and get lots of rest. πŸ™‚

          Tabs says hi, btw. He’s currently sitting on my windowsill watching the birds outside.

  12. Dominique says:

    You look gorgeous, really ! It’s chic and comfortable. Tabs is a big cat, waouh just to give you an idea my cat Organza weights around 2,4 kg lol.

    • Karen says:

      He’s a big boy, that’s for sure… last time I weighed him he was 20 pounds! Maybe he and Organza can date, LOL!

      • Dominique says:

        LOL a date ? Well, Karen I’ll ask Organza but you know she’s a bit of an old lady now ( 14 years next april ) though she is still very cute. Ok I’ll ask LOL not sure Tabs will agree !

  13. It’s a gorgeous dress and you wear it SO well! Love how Tabs poses with you too πŸ™‚ Seriously you’ve got great proportion!
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  14. artemis says:

    cute dress πŸ˜€
    tabs is a pretty boy! <3

  15. Ruchita says:

    You look fantastic! I love the whole outfit. Mr. Tabs is a great accessory. πŸ™‚

  16. That dress looks better on you than anyone else I’ve seen! It’s so flattering. And Tabs…he’s a big boy, huh? πŸ˜€ I love every furry, heavyset inch of him!

  17. Sarah S. says:

    Tabs does look huge – and regal as any big cat (lion, tiger, panther). Go Tabs! Karen, you look amazing. I best it’s really just you looking amazing, but I want to believe in the mystical powers of the dress and am seriously tempted to buy it now myself!

  18. Cassy says:

    It looks amazing on you! Wish it came in a larger size as there is no way I’d fit in the L, but I guess it’s for the best (for my wallet) that I skip it.

  19. Naomi says:

    Oh i love the dress especially with the jacket! how do you get Tabs to pose like that? hehe
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  20. Katherine G says:

    The dress looks amazing on you! I’m also a jeans and t-shirt (or hoodie and sweatshirt) kinda girl. I own cute stuff but never feel totally comfortable in it. Tabs looks so regal in this pic πŸ™‚

  21. Rachel says:

    Hey Karen! I totally just bought the dress. Ouch, but so cute! I’m 5’1″ and run a 4/6 normally. I got a small. Do you think that will be a good fit?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Rachel,

      Ouch indeed! The good thing is, though, you should be able to get a lot of wear out of it come spring/ summer.

      I’m your same height and wear a size 4; I ended up getting a medium in this particular color.

      The small fit well too, although it hugs the body tighter. I ended up sizing up because I wanted a slightly looser fit.

      • Rachel says:

        Awesome thank you! I may have to size up because I really like the fit on you. Granted…I’m 7 months preggers right now, but I’m super committed to getting back to my “fighting” weight after this and this dress with help me do it. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the this post. It was fun!

        • Karen says:

          Aww, congrats! Is this your first?

          • Rachel says:

            It is! I’m 31 and wasn’t really sure I wanted kids, but then my hubby and I got a little surprise! We’re super happy about it now, but man…it was a shocker. We’re having a little girl (so fun!) I’m seriously ready for some cute clothes and a long run! πŸ™‚

  22. Rachel says:

    That dress is so nice on you! I am an absolute Anthropologie addict! Unfortunately (or fortunately) this year my new year’s resolution is to not buy any new clothes or shoes for one year. I am trying to save money so I can travel more, so I will not be buying that dress even though I love it!

  23. Marian says:

    Love the dress, Karen! It looks stunning on you!

  24. Chris25 says:

    That dress makes you look better than Gisele, but sorry, Tabs has yet again stolen the spotlight (and my heart). πŸ™‚

  25. Katrina says:

    Soooo cute! Do want! It looks fabulous on you. You are so thin! I’m quite jealous!

  26. Kim says:

    I love this miracle dress! You look fantastic and I totally want one. Taller and slimmer? Um, yes please! πŸ™‚ I’m with you on the price tag but, hey, looking 10 lbs lighter is worth a little dough for me. HAHA! I’ll be adding “google closest Antrhopologie” to my list.

    And TGIF! What do you have planned for the weekend? We have some hockey, as usual. Spring League starts next week so there’s only a month left. I have a haircut and then a Relay for Life team meeting at my friend’s house tonight. Should be a pretty slow weekend. πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      You should get one… then we’d be twinsies on opposite coasts, aww!

      Um, this weekend I plan on doing a lot of self and home maintenance. A little bit of yoga, some running and hopefully a LOT of sleep. I also have to start doing something about the furniture situation. Our place is still empty and I can’t take it anymore!

      Have fun getting your hair done. Are you trying something new, or going with your usual cut?

  27. Trisha says:

    That’s so pretty! You look so awesome. I wish there was an Anthropologie near me. I’d spend all my time (and money) there.
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  28. Michelle B says:

    Will you stop making me jealous of those boots?!
    Every time I’ve seen them on you, I just lust for them so badly. Wish I could find Fergie boots! That dress is gorgeous on you too… the whole outfit is flawless! πŸ™‚

  29. Annemarie says:

    Hi. Fab dress-you look amazing! What size did you get if I may ask?
    Anne Marie

  30. BeckBeck says:

    I love that style – I actually have a tee like that, with the diagonal pieces, from Limited’s Outback Red collection a few seasons ago.

  31. Jess says:

    You look great in that dress, Karen!
    I actually JUST discovered Anthropologie this past week… and I gotta say I absolutely LOVE that store!

  32. Patty says:

    The dress looks great on you! Of course, my focus was on Tabs the magnificent! My wee little Dickens would be totally smushed by a kitteh that big!

  33. Julia KS says:

    Ha! I couldn’t have said it better myself. When it gets really cold, I also go for the 12 year old skater look. And then I’ll get hit on by a 15 year old, and that usually shocks me out of it. But not before I tell the young man to cut his hair and pull up his pants. But today I was rocking a similar look to this! Tall boots and striped pencil skirt. Nice to feel like a woman once in a while. You look lovely!

  34. Heidi says:

    Karen, where did you get those boots? They’re awesome!

  35. What a fabulous cut – looks great on you, and comfy too! Tabs is looking particularly handsome as well:)
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  36. Melody says:

    Oh man, dry clean only is so annoying. But you look fabulous in that dress! The layered look of it is so interesting.

  37. Rica says:

    OMG I absolutely love this dress! You;re looking great in that dress! Hmmm… I gotta find something similar with a more affordable price tag lol

    x Rica
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  38. Me! says:

    That dress makes you look so good, I actually saw you before the cat in the last picture. Normally my eyes go straight to the cat in any situation. I can’t help it, cats are so damn cute, especially Tabs.

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